2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

MSRP $35,190 - $39,190

Ranked #4 in Coupe

8.1

Overall Rating

2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 4, 2021

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Completely refreshed this year, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe is currently for sale at an MSRP of $35,190 while the Mustang GT Premium is priced at $39,190. The Mustang GT is also available in a convertible form with a starting price of $44,690. The 5.0L V8 engine now makes 460 hp and 420 lb-ft. of torque. This engine can rocket from 0-60 MPH in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 155 MPH. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT three-quarter view

The cabin of the Mustang GT has also been upgraded with good-quality materials and a modern layout. Even its trunk volume is quite reasonable. The Mustang GT comes with the latest safety techs and also benefits from low ownership costs and high resale values. The Mustang GT continues to rival against the Chevrolet Camaro 1SS and the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. 

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Pros

Agile & smooth handling

User-friendly infotainment system

Sizeable trunk

Strong safety scores

Spacious front seats

Powerful V8

Cons

Cramped rear seats

Some cheap cabin materials

What's New?

Updated interior

More driver-assist features

Revised engine with a new 10-speed automatic transmission

Revised front and rear styling

More interior features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35190

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

157 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

302 cu.in.

horsepower

460 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

420 lb.-ft. @ 4600 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

107.1 in.

length

188.5 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

54.3 in.

curb weight

3705 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

84.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/25 mpg

highway range

650.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$35,190 onwards

Premium$39,190 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe in Dark Highland Green Metallic color
Dark Highland Green Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.1

Fuel Economy

6.8

Interior

6.6

Exterior

9.1

Safety

5.9

Competition

9.4

Final Verdict

8.9

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The iconic Ford Mustang is more refined than ever and combines muscle car power with sports car poise- Cnet

When Ford updates the Mustang, everyone pays attention, at least everyone in the U.S. The Mustang has always been trading blows with the Camaro and the Challenger and just when you thought one was on top, the pendulum would swing. In recent years, the Mustang has been the sales leader but with a new Camaro in town, Ford wanted to fortify its position with the 2018 refresh. 

One of the main reasons for being a sales leader in its class is low ownership costs. It costs nearly $9,900 for its maintenance, fuel, repair, etc., and also its depreciation value is less over time than its rivals. Its efficient yet powerful engine leads to low fuel costs and therefore, the average cost per mile is $0.66. The Mustang's reliability is lower than the Camaro but greater than the Challenger. 


9.1/10
Engine and Performance

6.8/10
Fuel Economy

6.6/10
Interior

9.1/10
Exterior

5.9/10
Safety

9.4/10
Competition

8.9/10
Final Verdict


2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Features

Between the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Mustang, Ford has the best price at this spec- Motor1

The Ford Mustang GT comes in just two trims- GT and GT Premium. The GT has a starting price of $35,190 while the GT Premium costs $39,190 and don't forget the $900 destination charge. New for this year is a 10-speed automatic transmission that costs an extra $1,600. From its exterior to its performance, Ford offers various optional packages.

2018 Ford Mustang GT side view

The $3,995 GT Performance package adds Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, a retuned suspension, and 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. If you can't resist the black color, then you are going to love the Black Accent package as it adds 19-inch Ebony Black aluminum wheels, black GT, 5.0 and Pony badges, and a black decklid spoiler for $995. 

Trims

GT Fastback

GT Premium Fastback

MSRP (RWD)

$35,190

$39,190

Key Features

4.2-inch infotainment screen

Adds/ Upgraded to GT trim

  Limited-slip differential 8-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  17-inch alloy wheels Dual-zone automatic climate control
  Rearview camera Leather seats
  6-speaker stereo Heated & ventilated front seats
  Push-button start 18-inch alloy wheels
  Cloth upholstery LED fog lights
  6-way power front seats  
  Remote keyless entry  

We Recommend

Go for the GT Premium trim as it is eligible for the Safe and Smart package which includes some of the best driver-assist systems. This model adds an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, and fog lights. 



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2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Engine and Performance

9.1/10

The added power and slicker-shifting manual transmission make the GT even more fun- Autoweek

2018 Ford Mustang GT Engine and Transmission

The 5.0L V8 engine gets a thorough update adding both direct and port fuel injection. It revs higher than before and it generates 460 hp and 420 lb-ft. of torque. Those figures represent gains of 25 hp and 20 lb-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard to drive power to the rear wheels but this year, Ford also offers a new 10-speed automatic transmission as optional on the GT models.

2018 Ford Mustang GT engine

The manual transmission features a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel for improved clutch modulation. The automatic transmission is just plain good. For customizing the Mustang's throttle response, transmission behavior, and stability control settings, the Premium GT trim offers several drive modes. These modes include Normal, Snow, Wet, Track, Sport, and Drag Strip. 

Models

2018 Ford Mustang GT

2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

MSRP

$35,190

$37,000

$38,995

Engine

5.0L V8.

6.2L V8

6.4L V8

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Power

460 hp @ 7,000 RPM

455 hp @ 6,000 RPM

485 hp @ 6,100 RPM

Torque

420 lb-ft. @ 4,600 RPM

455 lb-ft. @ 4,400 RPM

475 lb-ft. @ 4,200 RPM

The Dodge Challenger houses a big, powerful V8 under its hood and its starting price is also higher than the Mustang GT. The Chevy Camaro develops less power but in terms of price, it is like a middle child. The Mustang GT's engine is smaller compared to the other two but makes enough power to give you thrills. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT Acceleration

Acceleration in the Ford Mustang GT is instantaneous thanks to its reactive V8 engine. It can hurdle from 0-60 MPH in just 4.3 seconds and further race to a quarter of a mile in 12.6 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 MPH. Combine that with the active exhaust system for a loud, raspy V8 harmony. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT takes 3.9 sec to reach 60 MPH

For quick departures, the manual transmission uses launch control while the automatic uses a new drag strip mode to minimize power interruptions between gear changes. Ford says with this mode engaged, the Mustang GT will rush to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds. This makes the Mustang GT the fastest car in its class. 

Models

2018 Ford Mustang GT

2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

0-60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.0 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

12.4 sec

12.6 sec

Engine

5.0L

6.2L

6.4L

Top Speed

155 MPH 155 MPH 155 MPH

The Chevy Camaro holds the title for being the fastest car in its class. The performance stats of the Dodge Challenger are more or less similar to the Mustang GT despite making more power. But considering its heavy curb weight, it's still good. When equipped with an automatic transmission, the Mustang GT stands out.

2018 Ford Mustang GT Ride and Handling

The ride quality in the Ford Mustang GT is fine though, for the best blend of agility and comfort, add the $1,700 MagneRide adjustable shocks and skip the optional 19-inch wheels. Like older Mustangs, this generation Mustang is utterly thrilled to turn. Precise steering with helpful feedback makes the modern Mustang a brilliant partner on windy roads and unimpeded on-ramps.

2018 Ford Mustang GT side driving view

Suspension and chassis modifications also sharpen the car's responsiveness and further limit body motion. The latest Mustang feels smaller, stiffer, and taller than it used to. These improvements translate to increased confidence on a twisty road. All in all, the Mustang GT offers sporty handling and a comfortable ride leading to a joyful driving experience. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT Braking 

The standard brakes in the Ford Mustang GT are a 13.9-inch ventilated disc in the front and a 13-inch ventilated disc at the back. These brakes provide immense stopping power to bring this beast to complete rest from 60 MPH in 104 feet. That's a competitive braking distance in its segment. Although these brakes are small, they do a wonderful job. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT brakes

Ford also offers a Performance Package that includes front Bremo 6-piston brakes for improved braking performance. There is also a standard line-lock future that clamps the front brakes for effortless burnouts. The pedal feels soft and responsive. The braking action is immediate once the pedal is pressed. This inspires confidence in the driver while at speed. 

Models

2018 Ford Mustang GT

2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Brakes Front

13.9 in

13.6 in

14.2 in

Brakes Rear

13.0 in

13.3 in

13.8 in

Curb Weight

3,705 lbs

3,685 lbs

4,232 lbs

60-0 MPH 104 ft. 93 ft. 117 ft.

The Chevy Camaro continues to amaze with its brilliant braking performance. It takes just 93 feet to complete the brake test. The Dodge Challenger takes a longer braking distance due to its heavy curb weight. Had its curb weight been less, it would have recorded a competitive braking distance. 


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2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Fuel Economy

6.8/10

Fuel efficiency and a fun-to-drive character are not mutually exclusive in the 2018 Mustang- The Car Conenction

A V8 engine under the hood means low fuel economy but the Ford Mustang GT's fuel efficiency is better than its archenemies. It returns 15 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on a highway, and 18 MPG combined. With the optional automatic transmission, it returns 19 MPG combined. These figures are on par with its segment rivals. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT three-quarter view

 The Mustang GT gets the smallest fuel tank that measures 16 gallons in size. Hence, it delivers 320 miles of combined driving range only while the automatic transmission-equipped models deliver slightly more 328 miles. Still, it's less than its rivals. However, a small fuel tank means lower fuel costs, but you may need to stop frequently for refueling. 

Models

2018 Ford Mustang GT

2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

MPG (City)

15

16

14

MPG (Highway)

25

25

23

MPG (Combined)

18

19

17

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallon) 16.0 19.0 18.5
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 240/400/320 304/475/389 259/426/342

Owing to its large fuel tank, the Chevy Camaro delivers the best range in this competition, though its fuel estimates are almost similar to the Mustang GT. The fuel ratings of the Dodge Challenger are less but it manages to deliver a better range than the Mustang GT. The Mustang GT stands firm in terms of fuel economy in its class. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Interior

6.6/10

The standard buckets offer plenty of bolstering for spirited on-street driving while providing better overall support- Automobile Magazine

2018 Ford Mustang GT Seating and Comfort

The Ford Mustang GT gets a significant upgrade in terms of interior materials. However, you can still find some hard plastics at the door panel and at the center console. Classic and contemporary, the Mustang GT's cabin has a tasteful look and feel. Although the Mustang GT is a four-seater sports coupe, only two full-size adults can sit comfortably. The premium leather seats on the Premium GT trim look beautiful and comfortable but the GT trim gets cloth upholstery.

2018 Ford Mustang GT dashboard

They are comfortable and are heated and ventilated on the Premium GT model. They are also power-operated so finding a comfortable position is very easy. The steering wheel, with a Mustang logo in the middle, looks and feels good. Passenger space is excellent if you are in the front row. Backseat life is complicated for three reasons. The seatback flips forward but the seat does not automatically slide up. Legroom is tight for adults but small kids can fit in easily and lastly, headroom is tight. 

Models

2018 Ford Mustang GT

2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Passenger Capacity

4

4

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.6/56.3/44.5

38.5/55/43.9

39.3/58.5/42.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.8/52.2/30.6

33.5/53/29.9

37.1/53.9/33.1

The Dodge Challenger is a fiver-seater coupe and it actually can fit grown adults in its rear row as the seats are spacious and there is enough legroom. The Chevy Camaro follows the same principles of the Mustang GT and keeps its rear row reserved for kids only. Besides this, both rivals flaunt good-quality materials, like the Mustang GT. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT Infotainment System

The base GT trim comes with a small 4.2-inch infotainment screen that supports voice recognition, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, and a single-disc CD player. An 8-inch touchscreen display is standard on the GT Premium model. It has the SYNC 3 interface which has bright and crisp graphics. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The menus are logically laid out and the system is easy to use. A 6-speaker stereo is standard on the GT while the GT Premium adds three more speakers. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT infotainment system

The speakers have a good sound quality to enlighten your mood. The climate and audio controls are easy to use. New for this year is Ford Sync Connect that gives you remote access to certain vehicle features using the FordPass smartphone app as well as providing a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also get a super-slick 12-inch digital gauge cluster with various themes depending on the driving mode that you've chosen. Overall, this infotainment system is the best in its class.

2018 Ford Mustang GT Interior Features

Some main cabin highlights of the Mustang GT are mentioned below:

  • Tilt & telescopic  multi-function leather, heated steering wheel
  • Power front seats with heated & ventilated functions
  • Cloth & leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Aluminum foot pedals
  • Color-adjustable ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Push-buttons tart
  • 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 6 & 9-speaker stereo
  • Navigation system

2018 Ford Mustang GT Cargo Space

On a practical note, the cargo room in the Ford Mustang GT is a reasonable 13.5 cubic feet. Rear seats can also be folded flat to accommodate larger cargo. The leftover height is low, which is good but the loading lip isn't flat and the unusual shape of the trunk can be tough to store large bags. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT trunk volume 

Likewise, interior storage also isn't too great, There is a small storage space in the center console but it isn't very large. The cupholders are well located and are decently sized. The small and hallow door pockets cannot be used to keep your water bottles. The glovebox is moderately sized and you can keep important small items. 

Models

2018 Ford Mustang GT

2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Trunk Volume (cu-ft.)

13.5

9.1

16.2

The Dodge Challenger is just amazing in terms of practicality. Its cargo space is the segment-best for a sports coupe while the Mustang GT trails with 13.5 cubic feet. The Chevy Camaro is the least practical vehicle and is not a perfect choice for those long trips. The Mustang GT makes a fine option in this area as well. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Exterior

9.1/10

A new lower, more aggressive grille, reshaped LED headlights and LED taillights also make the latest Mustang totally relevant today- Kelly Blue Book

2018 Ford Mustang GT Design and Styling

With the new Ford Mustang GT, the individual styling cues are much the same as before but somehow the overall look is a good deal different. Upfront, the grille retains the same shape but has stretched out a little wider this year. The lower portion is also widened out of it and the inside, the grille remains a blackened honeycomb design. The headlights have been reshaped too and they are now LED on both trims while the fog lamps are only standard on the GT Premium trim.

2018 Ford Mustang GT three-quarter view

The ground clearance is high enough to escape from those high bumps. The wheels for the Mustang GT include 18-inch alloy wheels but 19-inch ones are available and about 6 wheel designs are available. The Mustang GT has the shortest wheelbase compared to its rivals. This comes in handy for easy maneuvering. At the back, you get the signature Mustang taillights with sequential turn signals. There is a significant change in the exhaust system. The Mustang GT now gets quad exhaust outlets instead of duals.

Models

2018 Ford Mustang GT

2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,705 lbs

3,685 lbs

4,232 lbs

Length (in)

188.3

188.3

197.9

Width (in)

75.4

74.7

75.7

Height (in)

54.4

53.1

57.5

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

4.0

5.2

Wheelbase (in)

107.1

110.7

116.2

Track Width(in) F/R

62.3/64.9

63.0/62.9

63.4/63.8

The wide wheelbase of the Dodge Challenger means more legroom in the rear row. It also contributes to a stable ride and effective handling. The Chevy Camaro sits 1.3 inches lower than the Mustang GT. This increases the potential for speed on smooth roads and also getting in and out of the vehicle is easier. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT Exterior Features

Some noticeable exterior features of the Mustang GT are:

  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • LED DRLs
  • LED fog lamps
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Quad exhaust chrome tips
  • Black grille
  • Rear decklid
  • Black window trim
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Safety

5.9/10

Even though it costs an extra $1,000, adaptive cruise control is a welcomed feature among muscle cars- Motor1

Five out of five stars were awarded to the Ford Mustang GT for its safety. IIHS gave a 'Good' rating in four out of five crash tests and an 'Acceptable' rating for the driver's side crash test. However, the passenger's side crash test, front crash prevention, and headlights of the Mustang GT were not rated by IIHS. 

2018 Ford Mustang IIHS crash test

The only active safety feature available in the Mustang GT is a rearview camera. There are several active safety technologies that you can add to the Mustang GT. The Smart and Safe package adds some important driver assistance systems that can keep you safe from accidents. Some of them include:

  • Forward collision warning 
  • Brake assist
  • Rear parking sensors 
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring

2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Competition

9.4/10

2018 Ford Mustang GT vs 2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS

The Chevy Camaro 1SS is nearly $2,000 expensive than the Mustang GT. It offers brisk acceleration but both pony cars have excellent on-road manners. But it is less fuel-efficient. Its passenger space is almost similar to the Mustang GT but the latter offers better trunk volume. The Camaro also offers fewer safety features while its ownership costs are higher than the Mustang GT. 

2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS

2018 Ford Mustang GT vs 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Starting at $38,995, the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is the most expensive pony car in this competition. Its V8 engine makes more power but its performance levels are equal to the Mustang GT. Also, its big V8 engine drinks more fuel. Inside, the Challenger offers a spacious rear row and a larger trunk. Even the Challenger's safety features list is smaller than the Mustang GT. 

2018 Dodge Challenge R/T Scat Pack

2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Final Verdict

8.9/10

Modern muscle cars have become more like sports cars these days and the 2018 Ford Mustang GT is one great option in that segment. With upgrade materials and technology, the interior is a better place to spend time and visually, the Mustang GT looks great. Its trunk holds plenty of great for a two-person road trip but its rear row is still not suitable for adults. Finally, with more power and available automatic transmission, the Mustang GT is a great car to add to your garage. 

2018 Ford Mustang GT front view

2018 Ford Mustang GT FAQs

Is the 2018 Ford Mustang GT fast?

The 2018 Ford Mustang GT can do a 0-60 MPH sprint in 4.3 seconds and with an automatic transmission,  it does it in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 155 MPH. 

How much horsepower does the 2018 Ford Mustang GT have?

The 5.0L V8 engine has been updated and now produces 460 hp and 420 lb-ft. of torque. 

What is in the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Package?

The Performance Package includes Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, a retuned suspension, and 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

Do all 2018 Ford Mustang GT have active exhaust?

Yes, the active exhaust is a factory option for the 2018 Mustang GT. 

Does the 2018 Mustang GT need premium gas?

The regular gas does the job but Ford recommends using premium gas for better performance.